Thursday, April 30, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday

Georgie is turning 6!
Just 6 years ago, she was born at 30 weeks gestation, weighing 2 lbs 14 oz. She stayed in NICU just under 1 month. I learned a difficult lesson with this one: not all preemies are the same. While her big sister was a sleepy preemie that was hard to wake, Georgie was the opposite: she did not sleep and couldn't settle down. She was just a bit "more" than other babies in the personality department. She screamed. She wailed. Car rides were miserable.

She was held and cuddled and deeply loved. She had spunk and energy. Once she caught on to nursing at 2 months old, she plumped up into a roly poly baby. She was always a happy baby until she became tired. Sleep was the enemy. Learning how to rest and let go was a tough lesson to learn! 

I knew she was our last child, and I held on to every day, every new milestone. She grew into a fiercely independent toddler, ready to tackle tasks far too big for her. Even now, she knows exactly what she wants and doesn't wait for anyone to get it for her! Our biggest challenge lately: those temper tantrums are huge! Lol. Sometimes hunger, tiredness, or a full bladder sets off a storm, or sometimes she simply won't take no for an answer. It's quite a job for Mom to sort out which it might be, and respond in a firm, loving manner to address the not-so-obvious problem.

I know parenting in these early years with such a strong, determined young lady is a challenge. However, I know that she will grow into a strong, determined seeker of Christ, following him alone, and standing firm in the face of adversity. 

She has a deeply loving, soft side, too. She's super cuddly. I know our cuddle time is limited and I will miss those times of snuggling together with a good book. She's a hard worker, spotting what needs to be done and pitching in to do it. Without a word, she might pull a chair up to the kitchen sink and hand wash my dirty dishes, or grab a bag and clean up dog mess in the yard. I'm amazed at the many ways she finds to bless us.

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